Driving under the influence of drugs carries the same potential consequences as driving under the influence of alcohol.
In Colorado, it is a misdemeanor for any person who is under the influence of alcohol or one or more drugs, or a combination of both alcohol and one or more drugs, to drive a motor vehicle or vehicle. C.R.S. §42-4-1301(1)(a)
The "under the influence" definition for drugs is the same as the "under the influence" definition for alcohol. "Driving under the influence" means driving a motor vehicle or vehicle when a person has consumed alcohol or one or more drugs, or a combination of alcohol and one or more drugs, that affects the person to a degree that the person is substantially incapable, either mentally or physically, or both mentally and physically, to exercise clear judgment, sufficient physical control, or due care in the safe operation of a vehicle. C.R.S. §42-4-1301(1)(f)
There is no administrative DMV driver's license revocation in a DUI drugs case because there is no "per se" blood level for drugs, as there is in alcohol cases (.08 BAC). However, a driver can later be suspended as part of a criminal conviction reported to DMV.
Often times DUI drug cases do not involve illegal drugs and narcotics. Cases are frequently prosecuted involving over-the-counter medications, prescribed drugs, and marijuana (regardless of whether a driver has his/her medical marijuana registration card).
If you have been charged with Driving Under the Influence of Drugs anywhere in Colorado, call Colorado DUI Attorney Monte J. Robbins immediately at his Denver office at 303-355-5148, or his Greeley office at 970-301-5541 to discuss your options.